Being bullish on the future of EVs, Suzuki hit the Tokyo motor show with a number of ‘green’ vehicles. The most interesting of the lot is the Swift EV which was teased before the show. The Swift EV uses the current platform and harnesses power from the combination of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine.
Before engineering the Swift EV, Suzuki Engineers conducted a study which revealed that Swift owners only travel 29 km on a daily basis. Engineers hence designed this range-extended EV to cover that distance on pure electric power.
A smaller gasoline engine kicks into action to recharge the batteries when the power in completely drained out.
According to Suzuki, this type of technology has several benefits such as:
- Smaller battery than a full EV
- Lesser costs
- Less time to fully charge
Suzuki has promised that it will apply the range-extender technology to production models in the future.